Foo Fighters have finally unveiled who will be taking Taylor Hawkins' place behind the kit during their upcoming tour dates. At today's global livestreaming event, "Foo Fighters: Preparing Music for Concerts," Dave Grohl and Co. revealed that Josh Freese will be the alt-rock band's new live drummer.
Before unveiling Freese as their latest touring member, Foo Fighters teased other possible replacements in a funny skit featuring appearances from Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee and TOOL's Danny Carey.
Freese's first appearance with the Foos was today's livestream gig, which featured debut performances of songs from their upcoming album, But Here We Are, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and more —all filmed at the band's own 606 studios. If you're unfamiliar with Freese, he's a veteran drummer with tons of big-name experience, having played with everyone from Guns N' Roses and Nine Inch Nails to A Perfect Circle and Weezer. At Coachella 2022, he notably played with both 100 gecs and Danny Elfman on the same day.
If you missed the initial livestream, you're in luck. "Preparing Music for Concerts" is still streaming exclusively on foofighters.veeps.com, with on-demand repeat viewing enabled through May 24th.
Last month, the Foos announced But Here We Are with its lead single, "Rescued," and then dropped another track earlier this week called "Under You." Notably, this is the band's first LP since Hawkins' tragic death in March 2022, and outside of the information relayed in this livestream, no members of the band have spoken publicly about what must've been an immensely difficult writing process.
But Here We Are is due out June 2nd on Roswell Records/RCA Records and available for preorder now.
Foo Fighters officially have a new drummer !! Welcome Josh Freese !! pic.twitter.com/gcXGMGCV0H— Giuseppe Mercadante (@itsmercadante) May 21, 2023